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    Terrence Fortea proves clutch once again and Bullpups return to top of heap

    Feb 23, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BIG time players make the big shots when it matters the most.

    And Terrence Fortea sure is one of those.

    As deep as Nazareth School of National University is, there's no question on who's hands the rock will be on come winning time.

    Game Two of the UAAP Season 81 juniors' basketball finals was no different.

    Forget about his atrocious 2-of-18 shooting. With the Bullpups in dire need of a dagger, Fortea delivered it for them.

    He first cooly sank a pair of freebies before drilling a big three that gave NU an eight-point breathing room, 59-51, with 2:31 to play and NU went on to win, 64-53, on Fridayand bag its first juniors' basketball championship in three years.

    Fortea said that he wouldn't be in this position if not for the experience he had being in all those championship series in the seasons prior, and being the lone holdover from that Jeff Napa-coached champion team back in 2016.

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    "Siguro yung experience, yung crowd, di ba? Noong rookie ako, nandyan yan eh, di ako nakapasok. First year ko is Season 78, tiningnan ko lang lahat ng nangyari. Siguro doon ako nag-learn. Doon ko ina-apply na mas magiging matured ako maglaro," said the 17-year-old guard.

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    Fortea wound up with 15 points, four assists and two rebounds in the clincher to claim his second UAAP title.

    As much praise is rained upon him now, the 5-foot-11 Fortea wants this conquest to be remembered more for how the Bullpups as a unit collectively won the championship.

    "Masaya lang. Sobrang daming nangyari talaga sa team namin at parang hindi nakikita ng ibang tao yung (mga sakripisyo) sa amin. So talagang sobrang saya lang namin na nakuha namin yung pinaka-goal naming lahat," he said.

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